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The emergency medical services (EMS) system is an important ally in the recognition of delirium. Shah et al prospectively compared the incidence of cognitive impairment in elderly patients arriving to the ED via EMS versus other modes of transport.44 The study reported that 13% of EMS patients had cognitive impairment compared to 8% arriving via other modes of transport (< .01). EMS can be particularly helpful in ascertaining from family, caretakers, and environmental clues the patient’s baseline cognitive status and the time course of any changes.

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